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By: Jamie Simpson
Accidents involving injuries to the head or brain can have a wide variety of consequences, and every person's situation is different. For those considering pursuing a claim for personal injury, one of the key decisions will be who to go to for advice.
Although a free advisory service such as the Citizen's Advice Bureau are frequently able to offer guidance, and your local solicitor may be able to advise you on general aspects of personal injury claims, where a head or brain injury is involved, there are a number of factors that make it worth considering seeing a specialist lawyer.

First, the accident itself. A lawyer specialising in this kind of personal injury will be able to assist with presenting the accident to court in the manner that best illustrates the case. They are likely to be experienced with using reconstructions or expert evidence in this area, and are familiar with the kind of medical evidence courts will require.

Second, the severity of the consequences. Head injuries can result in significant alterations to the victim's daily life, and may impact significantly on their employment or business. Lawyers with detailed knowledge of this area frequently have experts whose qualifications and knowledge they are able to recommend, such as physiotherapists, neurologists or other medical practitioners.

Third, and most importantly, damages. A specialist lawyer should be best placed to calculate the correct level of damages that should be claimed. They will also be able to advise on the prospect of claiming 'interim' payments. These are damages that are paid to a claimant where their claim looks likely to succeed, and permit them to put certain arrangements in place before the litigation process has concluded.

Fourth, timing. Not all consequences of a head or brain injury are immediately apparent. In cases where the symptoms take time to fully develop, a specialist solicitor is able to advise on how and when to commence a claim.

Finally, living arrangements. A specialist will be able to assist a claimant to arrange their affairs so that the consequences of the injury are anticipated and provided for. They will be able to help with matters like power of attorney, dealing with third parties, such as employers or banks, and putting claimants in touch with specialists who are equipped to assist them manage their daily affairs.
In cases of all severity, it is worth giving consideration to getting specialist legal advice. Though in some cases their time may seem more expensive, in the long run it can often prove to be the right decision.


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